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May 18, 1997
Re "Parents Face Charges for Keeping Son From School," May 5. I have a son attending Sierra Vista Junior High School in the same program mentioned in the article. To look at my son, you wouldn't be able to tell him from the other children in the traditional educational setting. I agree that having the title of "severely emotionally disturbed" doesn't always fit the children in the classroom. I prefer to think of my son as "emotionally challenging." The challenge is for those who interact with him. Like Justin Cocco, my 14-year-old son is bright.
April 24, 2014 | By F. Kathleen Foley
Playwright Bekah Brunstetter is certainly an artful emotional manipulator, as evidenced in “Be a Good Little Widow,” now in its Los Angeles premiere at the NoHo Arts Center. Even though you may be keenly aware that your feelings are being slyly exploited, you just might reach for a hankie anyway. A simple premise suffices for Brunstetter's obvious but nonetheless effective comedy-drama. Up-and-coming corporate attorney Craig (Donovan Patton) is juggling the affections of two women -- his free-spirited new wife, Melody (Larisa Oleynik)
December 14, 1990
Mabuhay ! to The Times for your editorial ("At Long Last, Justice for Filipino Vets," Dec. 2) on Filipino veterans. My sentiments exactly, and those of all Filipino-Americans. Your article is well-researched and well-expressed. For these Filipino veterans, the battle is not yet over. Working to obtain veterans benefits is another mountain for them to climb. Just as the Japanese-Americans were segregated in their concentration camps, these Filipino veterans have been emotionally imprisoned all these years.
April 23, 2014 | By Angel Jennings, Richard Winton and James Rainey
To the 96,000 residents of Compton, the little Cessna would have looked like scores of other small planes that flew over the city each day. But anyone paying close attention might have noticed the single-engine craft kept circling the city in a continuous loop. What they could not have known was that it packed unusual cargo - a bank of a dozen wide-angle industrial imaging cameras. They recorded low-resolution images of every corner of the 10.1-square-mile city. For nine days in early 2012, the small plane beamed the images to the local Sheriff's Department station, where deputies observed fender benders, necklace snatchings and a shooting.
January 6, 2005
I really enjoyed Howard Leff's column "All Set for Love, Seriously" [Dec. 30]. All of us stable, mature, emotionally healthy women hope one day all mankind will strive for and achieve the emotional evolution that you hope for in 2005! I, for one, have decided that in this brand-new year I'm going to wipe the slate clean and start fresh. I'm going to forget the past and the mistakes I've made in my love life. Howard, I'm wrapping myself in all the cliches. I'm going to "take risks," "grab the brass ring," "go for the gusto" and "be positive."
July 19, 1987
To help with a book, I would be most grateful to hear from women who have participated, or who currently participate, in competitive sport at any level--how they came to take up their sport, whether they have achieved the standard at which they aimed, and how they react emotionally to victory and to defeat. A. L. BOUGHMAN Box 121 Southport, Merseyside, PR8 2RZ England
September 24, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A special-education teacher in Tyler was fatally stabbed in a high school classroom, and police took a 16-year-old male student into custody. Todd R. Henry, 50, worked with students at John Tyler High School who were either emotionally or behaviorally challenged, said his older brother, Jody Henry. "He loved it," his brother said. Supt. Randy Reid said a teacher's aide and two students were in the class, and the aide subdued the suspect before calling police.
October 5, 2008 | Kathy M. Kristof, Special to The Times
Justin and Brandy Besemer were newly married and trying to pay off their wedding debt when they decided their family needed a dog -- an American Bulldog named Kaila. Thus started one of their first arguments. Brandy, who had never had a dog before, wanted to spend a little over $300 a year to buy pet insurance. Justin, who had always had dogs, thought it was a waste of money. "His parents told me this horror story that made me insist we get it," explained Brandy, 28.
February 7, 1999 | CECILIA RASMUSSEN
The annals of child kidnapping are replete with heartbreaking tragedies, but probably none have been quite as bizarre as the crime that first mesmerized, then convulsed, Los Angeles more than 70 years ago. By the time it was over, it would involve not only an apparent abduction, but also impersonation, police coercion, false imprisonment, psychiatric abuse and--this being Los Angeles--a court fight that stretched on for more than a decade.
It was lethal conversation, laced with talk of painkillers and suffocation by plastic bag. But for Derek Humphry, co-founder of the Hemlock Society and best-selling author of a manual on suicide, telling others how to die is a way of life. On Saturday, the 61-year-old Eugene, Ore., author described how, in 1975, he assisted in the suicide of his first wife, Jean, who was suffering from terminal cancer.
April 22, 2014 | Tina Susman and Alana Semuels
The cheers were louder, the runners more determined, the tears of joy and relief at the Boston Marathon finish line Monday more heartfelt than ever. And yes, the security was tighter. But on a brilliant spring day, the city brought to grief by terrorist bombings one year earlier sprinted back in the resolute style of the runners who tore through quiet suburbs and charming town squares to the finish line, where the roars grew deafening as Meb Keflezighi became the first American man to win the marathon since 1983.
April 20, 2014
Mixed views on Charleston I'm glad Alice Short highlighted the most troubling aspect of visiting Charleston, S.C., in her cover article ["In a New Light," April 13]. What is on the surface one of America's finest historic towns was built and maintained by enslaved African Americans whose history is mostly hidden and unspoken, while the Confederate past is celebrated. The only thing that "saved" our stay in Charleston was Alphonso Brown's wonderful Gullah Tour ( )
April 15, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
While Jon Hamm's "Mad Men" character Don Draper tends to bottle up his emotions, the actor Jon Hamm is very free with his -- so free he's helping "Sesame Street" explain a few emotions to its young audience.  With the help of the resident "Sesame Street" TV host, Murray, Hamm runs through "frustrated," "guilty" and "amazed. " Check it out in the video above. It's about time someone explained "amazed," honestly, given the word's frequency of use these days.  With "guilty," well, we're happy to see Hamm re-creating that one without the stereotypical celebrity mug shot accompaniment!
April 15, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
The Times is pleased to have Amy Purdy, who won a bronze medal in snowboardcross at the 2014 Paralympics , guest-blogging for us while she competes on "Dancing With the Stars" with pro partner Derek Hough. This week, Purdy talks about Week 5 of the competition, in an email Q&A. Judging entirely by the rehearsal footage they air on the show, this seemed to be your most frustrating week. What has been the hardest part of appearing on the show? The hardest part of appearing on the show has been when I've come upon times where my legs wouldn't allow me to do what I wanted to do, to move the way I wanted to, the way I felt like I should be able to.  That's frustrating, feeling like I could do it, if not for my legs.  That's something I felt more than ever this week, because the nature of the waltz forced me into positions that were very challenging.  But those feelings of frustration, which are feelings I have felt many times before in my life, are also the catalyst to getting creative and figuring out a way to do want I want to do, even when it appears that my prosthetics have reached their limits.  That's something that Derek has taken to very well throughout my time on the show, finding creative solutions.
April 11, 2014 | By Susan King
When growing up in Singapore, filmmaker Anthony Chen's family had a maid from the Philippines, a woman he and his two younger brothers called Aunt Terry. But the family had to downsize in 1997 due to the Asian financial crisis, which plummeted the stock market and caused massive unemployment. They had to let Aunt Terry go and she returned to her hometown province of Iloilo in the Philippines. In 2013, Chen's film "Ilo Ilo" based on his childhood experiences was the talk of the Cannes Film Festival.
April 10, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
An alternately delicate and brutal retelling of the memoir by former World War II British Army officer Eric Lomax, "The Railway Man" is an impressively crafted, skillfully acted, highly absorbing journey into a dark corner of world history. Colin Firth plays Lomax in 1980, more than 35 years after being tortured at a Japanese labor camp in Thailand. He learns that Takashi Nagase, the Japanese interpreter at the helm of that cruel, unforgettable punishment, is still alive. Lomax will eventually cross continents to confront his erstwhile captor and hopefully quell the post-traumatic stress disorder that has plagued the self-dubbed "railway enthusiast" for decades.
Lyle Menendez testified Monday that his mother was "very strange" and frequently violent and that she--like his father--sexually abused him. Until he was 13, his mother would wash his body "everywhere," he said. She also would invite him into bed with her and he would touch her "everywhere," he testified. "I took it to be love," Lyle Menendez said, adding, "She was enjoying it." But he was not enjoying it, he said, so he stopped the activities, which enraged her.
Jermaine Jackson says he took a biting musical swipe at his superstar sibling, Michael, because his younger brother had frozen him out of his life. In an interview, Jermaine explained that the cantankerous lyrics to his song "Word to the Badd!!," which criticize Michael for allegedly changing his skin color and obtaining plastic surgery, were written in retaliation for eight months of unreturned phone calls.
April 10, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Ilo Ilo" is writer-director Anthony Chen's first film, but breathtaking intimacy in storytelling is already second nature to him. Winner of Cannes' prestigious Camera d'Or for best debut feature, it quietly demonstrates that in the right hands even the familiar stuff of everyday life can move us deeply. "Ilo Ilo" is inspired, like the similarly affecting "The Maid" from Chile's Sebastian Silva, by the filmmaker's experience being raised by a maid in his native Singapore because his middle-class parents had to work.
April 7, 2014 | By Cathleen Decker
Hillary Rodham Clinton's comment last week that women face a double standard in politics raised eyebrows. And then came former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden to prove her point. It happened in reference to Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, who has been embroiled in a battle with the CIA over a Senate report that detailed the spy agency's actions in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks. “If the Senate can declassify this report, we will be able to ensure that an un-American, brutal program of detention and interrogation will never again be considered or permitted,” Feinstein, who as head of the Senate Intelligence Committee has certainly been privy to the report's findings, said last month.
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